(in a reciprocating engine or pump) a detachable plate or cover on the end opposite to that from which the piston rod or connecting rod projects.
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Origin of cylinder head
First recorded in 1880–85
Words nearby cylinder head
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Example sentences from the Web for cylinder head
During the night, we let our steam go down, to give the engineer an opportunity of screwing up the cylinder-head.Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States|Raphael Semmes
We both worked swiftly as we talked, running down the nuts on the cylinder-head studs.Fighting Byng|A. Stone
British Dictionary definitions for cylinder head
the detachable metal casting that fits onto the top of a cylinder block. In an engine it contains part of the combustion chamber and in an overhead-valve four-stroke engine it houses the valves and their operating mechanismsSometimes shortened to: head
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